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- 3 Old Irish
- bothe (archaic)
From Middle English boþe, from Old Norse báðir, from Proto-Germanic *bai-. Cognate with German beide (“both”), Dutch beide (“both”), Swedish både, båda, Danish både, Icelandic báðir. Replaced Middle English bō from Old English bā and begen, also from Proto-Germanic *bai-.
- Each of the two; one and the other; referring to two individuals or items
"Did you want this one or that one?" — "Give me both."
Both children are such dolls.
- Each of the two kinds; one and the other kind; referring to several individuals or items which are divided into two groups
I ate five strawberry sweets and three chocolate sweets. Both were very tasty.
2013 July 19, Ian Sample, “Irregular bedtimes may affect children's brains”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 34:
- Irregular bedtimes may disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits. ¶ Going to bed at a different time each night affected girls more than boys, but both fared worse on mental tasks than children who had a set bedtime, researchers found.
- including both of (used with and)
- Both you and I are students.
- (obsolete) including all of (used with and).
- For usage examples of this term, see Citations:both.
Forms with the definite article:
- Alternative declension
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.
- "both" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
- Entries containing “both” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.
- “2 both” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
- preterite passive conjunct of